I’m not very good at limbo. I’m not talking about The Limbo game. Although I’ve never been particularly good at that either! A description of the limbo I’m referring to is more like a zone which exists between two places or better yet, a time in our lives when we find ourselves waiting for something to change. Being in a spiritual limbo can feel like we’ve been neglected or forgotten by God. Sometimes, it can feel like we’re just waiting for Him to do something amazing in our lives or for a long awaited promise. It can be confusing and frustrating! Especially if we feel like we’re doing all the right things, and yet unable to experience God.
The important thing to remember is that our feelings can often deceive us. The truth is that God will never leave us or forsake us! Even so, sometimes it seems like life is void of His presence. Just like the Limbo game requires us to physically bend and move in ways that may be a challenge, life’s limbos can challenge us spiritually.
The encouraging thing is that it won’t last forever. Seasons always change and although we all find ourselves in Limbo from time to time, there are a few things to remember that will help us through these seemingly dull seasons of our lives.
Don’t isolate yourself
It’s really easy to hide out during these seasons. Most of the time it is because we feel depressed or discouraged. This only makes us more vulnerable to the lies that Satan tells us. It’s important to understand that isolation fosters selfishness and hinders spiritual growth. When we isolate ourselves we focus more and more on ourselves and less on others.
Proverbs 18:1 says, Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment.
We are not created to be alone! It is important to have some regular “alone time”, especially for us introverts, but we need to continue to seek out other believers in our lives. Especially those who speak truth and encourage us. It reminds us that we’re not alone and gives us a chance to see that God is working all around us.
Worship helps to shift our focus from thinking about ourselves to setting our mind on the awesomeness of God! I love to worship with other believers, but I desire to worship God more than just on Sunday mornings. Having worship music playing as often as I can helps with this, however, It’s also important to remember that there are others ways to worship God. Not just with music. Loving on people and living righteous, generous lives are also acts of worship.
Continue to talk to God
The bible is full of scripture on prayer. How to pray, when to pray, why we pray, and more! Prayer is not only necessary, it’s powerful! Which is why the devil does everything he can to distract us from talking to God. The Lord is near to all who call on him! Therefore, if we’re feeling like He’s distant, then pray!
Writing down your thoughts, prayers, dreams, and more, has an especially powerful effect. Not only when we are in Limbo but in every season of our lives. Even if it seems crazy or doesn’t make a lot of sense, write it down. Some things might turn out to be nothing, but usually God reveals amazing truths as we are able to put the pieces together. It’s exciting as we realize that He has been speaking to us the entire time! It’s also an incredible thing to go back and be reminded of things that God has done for us. It can bring new hope and encouragement!
Of course doing these things regardless of the season we find ourselves in will have a positive effect on our lives. As we remember to write things down, pray, worship, and share with others, limbo doesn’t last long at all!